The Best Flooring in Case You Have Pets

Some great flooring ideas if you have pets in the home

Flooring is one of the most important parts and aspects of your home. There are numerous flooring options available in the market and they can really make your head spin. Indeed, while considering the flooring for your home, you need to consider a lot of things. The flooring needs to appropriate, practical and suitable for all the different rooms and sections of the home. If there are pets in the family, then the selection of flooring becomes more difficult as you have to consider a lot of other factors that concern your furry friends. The homeowners with pets in the home are more likely to get more stains, wear and tear, scratches and dirt on the flooring with time. This article explores some of the best flooring ideas in the case of pets and analyzes the pros and cons of the different types of flooring are also discussed in this article.

If you have a pet, there are four major considerations that you need to take into account. It does not matter which type of flooring you choose, but the important things that you need to look for are; (1) the flooring should be resistant to scratches, (2) the flooring should be resistant to damage, (3) the flooring should offer pet traction and (4) the flooring should offer pet comfort.

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Although hardwood flooring is a go-to flooring choice for its clean, classic look, it is not always the best option for pet owners as hardwoods are more prone to stains and water damage. If you already have hardwood floors or your heart is set on a beautiful style, the best pet-friendly hardwood materials include: oak, cherry, maple, hickory, walnut, mahogany, sycamore, and bamboo. Softwoods, such as pine, chestnut, larch, hemlock, and fir are more prone to dents and scratches and are not ideal for homes with larger breed dogs.

The harder the wood, the more likely it is to resist scratches from a dog’s nails.

One additional consideration when purchasing hardwood flooring as a pet owner is to find an option that is coated with urethane; making your floor more scratch- and stain-resistant.

Hardwood Flooring


  • Available in various colors and finishes
  • Easy to vacuum or sweep ​


  • Expensive
  • Prone to water damage and scratches
  • Can easily stain if not cleaned immediately
  • Salt crystals in pet urine can cause odor and stain to reappear over time

 Carpet or Carpet Tiles


Carpeting offers a cozy landing for our furry friends. Low-traffic areas, such as bedrooms, are ideal locations for carpet in a home with pets. Also, look for carpet varieties without loops, as your pet’s nails may snag on the loops.

Though traditional carpet can be tricky with pets, STAINMASTER® PetProtect® carpet and cushion system reduces odors, releases pet hair, and resists stains. You can use hydrogen peroxide-based cleaners on PetProtect® carpet when pet accidents occur. STAINMASTER® PetProtect® cushion features a breathable moisture barrier that helps prevent stains from penetrating the padding and subfloor, which can help reduce odors when stains are not found right away. STAINMASTER® PetProtect® also uses proprietary technologies and chemistries that reduce the force of attraction between pet hair and the carpet, allowing it to be more easily removed with normal vacuuming. Pet hair on hard surfaces can become a tumbleweed of hairs that are difficult to clean up, but PetProtect® carpet makes it easier to get rid of pet hair.

Carpeted Flooring


  • Comfortable underfoot and a soft landing for pets
  • Available in various colors and styles
  • Carpet tiles are easily replaced ​


  • Difficult to clean
  • Prone to wear and tear



Although laminate flooring looks similar to hardwood flooring, it provides a much easier clean up after your pet. Despite its hardness and durability, laminate flooring can also be quite slippery. If you’re interested in a smooth, high gloss laminate floor, it will reduce your pet’s traction even more. It’s best to select an option that has a textured or embossed finish to reduce slipping, or layer an area rug and rug pad over the flooring to provide extra traction for your pet.

Laminate Flooring


  • Easy to clean
  • Water-resistant
  • Scratches typically less noticeable


  • Slippery surface causing pets to be less stable on their feet
  • Not as long-lasting and timeless as hardwood

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